Posts tagged "Chicago Department of Public Health"

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart admits it. He made a mistake when he described the Cook County Jail  as “the largest mental health provider in the state.” Last night, he clarified his statement. “I’m the largest provider of mental health services in the country,” Dart told an audience at Episcopal Church Nuestra Señora in Logan... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »

Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument

Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument
Wednesday, we looked at a report by Chicago’s Civic Federation that recommended, among other measures, the closing of Chicago’s mental health and primary care clinics months before the Chicago Department of Public Health announced it. Mayor Emmanuel seems to be following many of the other suggestions in the report rather closely too. Read part one... Read more »
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Will Chicago follow Civic Federation recommendation and cut mental health services entirely in 2014?

Will Chicago follow Civic Federation recommendation and cut mental health services entirely in 2014?
I had never seen the Civic Federation report until last week, but there it was in black and white: a recommendation to shut down Chicago’s mental health and primary care centers, put out months before Mayor Rahm Emanuel ever suggested privatizing or shuttering clinics. It was a therapist at one of Chicago’s mental health clinics... Read more »

Politician's mantra: Do more with less. Aren't we just doing less?

Politician's mantra: Do more with less. Aren't we just doing less?
We’re in an era of “doing more with less,” it seems. I hear this phrase, in one form or another, come out of politicians’ mouths at all levels of government–beginning with President Barack Obama and trickling down to even our local officials. It’s not surprising that they want to spin cuts to public services in... Read more »